I was recently interview on Kim Kardashian’s podcast The System to discuss the case of Kevin Keith who was sentenced to death in 1994 based on what appears to be heavily flawed forensic evidence. The case highlights many of the flaws inherent in the current practice of Forensic Sciences. In this Forbes article, I argue that […]
Movies and TV shows depict dazzling uses of forensic sciences in the courts, but reality itself falls far behind and countless miscarriages of justice are the result of bad science. I make the case in this Forbes article for the new administration to re-establish the National Commission of Forensic Science, or another independent entity committed to
Abstract Forensic science is critical to the administration of justice. The discipline of forensic science is remarkably complex and includes methodologies ranging from DNA analysis to chemical composition to pattern recognition. Many forensic practices developed under the auspices of law enforcement and were vetted primarily by the legal system rather than being subjected to scientific
There is a misperception that forensic sciense is flawless but miscarriages of justice caused as a result of bad science are not uncommon. A report from the National Research Council in 2009 highlighted that many forensic techniques had no scientific basis. The National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) aimed to explore these issues and recommend
A national commission created to improve the reliability of forensics has been dealt a possibly fatal blow. Keith Allen Harward served 33 years in jail after being convicted of rape and murder, largely on the strength of bite mark evidence. He was subsequently found to be innocent on the basis of DNA evidence and released.